While Allen recognizes that he's not getting the ball early games, it's not something he's concerned about or has given much thought to.
"However the flow of the game is going, you just have to follow it and you have to stick with it," said Allen, who is shooting 65 percent from the field in the first two games. "At this point, I don't worry about shots."
That's because the C's are playing the defensively-challenged Knicks who are bound to leave someone open for a good shot.
"I know their game plan … they don't want me to get any shots," Allen said. "So if they can keep me off shooting the ball, they've done their job."
And Allen, despite fewer attempts, continues to do his job which is to spread the floor when given an opportunity.
Ray's not forcing things, which is key. Carmelo Anthony will force shots up because he's the only option right now with Billups and Amar'e hurt. He's got no choice (more on Page 2).
But Ray… Ray can be patient. And with Rondo destroying the Knicks in Game 2, I wouldn't be shocked to see guys start to collapse on Rondo's drives and leave the shooters open just a little bit. All Ray needs is a sliver of an opening… and you're dead.
On Page 2: The Melo stuff I was just talking about
If not, Anthony said he's prepared to "do it all" for his undermanned team — again.
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"Without those two guys, I think me, personally, I have to step up and do it all to try to win," Anthony said after Thursday's practice. "But at the same time we got guys who will have to step up on the team, because like I said before there's no way I can do it by myself."
Melo's performance in Game 2 was awesome… until he didn't score for the last two and a half minutes. But it was awesome nonetheless.
There's no way he can do that again, though… is there? Is he really going to drop 40+ in consecutive playoff games?
He can try. And the harder he tries, the more likely it is he'll fail. I guess we'll see if he's up to the pressure of playing on basketball's biggest stage.
I'll tell you what though… if he doesn't… watch out. He'll get crushed. I'm very happy to be in New York to see that.
The rest of the links:
CSNNE: Shaq with C's, questionable for Game 4 | Coach as star: Doc shines vs Knicks | ESPN Boston: Excellence of (postseason) execution | WEEI: Doc's son named HS player of the year | Game 3 keys: Get a rebound | Herald: Boston-NY rival revival | C's must execute fast break | Celtics bench must play better | Globe: Where history has roots | C's have whole different outlook | Stoudemire, Billups in doubt